This briefing is to introduce our new councillors to our briefings service and to some of the key issues we are covering currently. It could be useful to more long-standing councillors as well of course and to officers involved in induction.
This election briefing covers essential issues for local authorities during the pre-election period: the implications of the publicity code, the position of elected members, and use of premises by candidates.
This report, written by the Town and Country Planning Association and supported by the Joseph Rowntree Foundation, examines the degree to which climate change mitigation and adaptation is reflected as a priority in local plans in England.
The Centre for Public Scrutiny's Ed Hammond discusses the findings of their new report 'the Change Game', which finds that non-Cabinet councillors are being frozen out of the debate around council transformation and identifies ways for them to play a greater role in shaping these plans.
The Royal Borough of Kingston upon Thames is planning to give local people the power to get rid of bad councillors. Cllr Kevin Davis, Leader of the Council, explains why.
A raft of newly elected councillors are settling in at town halls up and down the country, writes the LGiU's learning and development manager Alan Waters.
This briefing summarises recent research into sexism in local government and uses practical examples from the 2014 Times 50 Best Employers for Women to explore practical measures councils can take to encourage more women to become councillors and enter senior management.
With local elections almost upon us it’s hard not to be drawn into speculation about the results. Rather than offering predictive hostages to fortune, however, we think it’s more helpful to try and draw out some of the key questions into which these elections might give us insight 1)…
Cllr Shelagh Marshall is the Older People’s champion for North Yorks County Council. She chairs The Age Action Alliance, Isolation and Loneliness Working Group. We hear from Shelagh about the important role local authorities can play in combating loneliness. Has your council got loneliness as a priority in its Health and…
Local elections on 22 May - who has the most to lose or gain?